Severino Poletto

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His Eminence
Severino Poletto
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Turin
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Appointed 19 June 1999
Term ended 11 October 2010
Predecessor Giovanni Saldarini
Successor Cesare Nosiglia
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Giuseppe in via Trionfale
Ordination 29 June 1957
by Giuseppe Angrisani
Consecration 17 May 1980
by Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Severino Poletto
Born (1933-03-18) 18 March 1933 (age 84)
Salgareda, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Severino Poletto (born 18 March 1933) is an Italian Cardinal Priest and Archbishop Emeritus of Turin in the Roman Catholic Church.


Born in Salgareda, Veneto, Poletto was ordained a priest in 1957. He holds a licentiate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, and worked as a curate in Montemagno. In 1965 he was named parish priest in Oltreponte; at the same time he worked part-time in a local factory.

In 1973, Poletto founded the Diocesan Centre for Family Ministry. In 1980, he rose to become Bishop of Fossano; he also served for 10 years as secretary of the Piedmontese Episcopal Conference. In 1989 he was named Bishop of Asti and in 1999, Archbishop of Turin. Cardinal Poletto retired as Archbishop in 2010, and was succeeded by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia.

Proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of S. Giuseppe in via Trionfale (pro hace vice) by Pope John Paul II on 21 February 2001, Poletto was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, although Cardinal Poletto was considered papabile himself. Cardinal Poletto participated as Cardinal elector at the 2013 conclave. Cardinal Poletto lost the right to hold active Curial memberships and to participate as a Cardinal elector in future papal conclaves upon turning 80 on March 18, 2013; however, he retains the right to participate in Curial meetings as a non-voting member or to give the departments his advice, to give counsel and advice to the current Archbishop and to the Pope (especially in meetings, or consistories, of Cardinals), and to participate in the pre- and post-conclave meetings which are closed to those who are not invited.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Saldarini
Archbishop of Turin
Succeeded by
Cesare Nosiglia